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EgyptianBonsai

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Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« on: October 23, 2009, 04:52 PM »
I'm planning on getting my first bonsai kit but I have no idea which company has the best options I was looking at some of the starter kits from Sleepy Hallow Bonsai http://www.shbonsai.com/dev/productslist.php?ProductCategory=kits] [url]http://www.shbonsai.com/dev/productslist.php?ProductCategory=kits[/url]

If anyone has any suggestions or input it be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

-Jack

 

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Re: Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 05:34 PM »
These packages don't look too bad, but it might be worth joining your local club first and seeing if anyone had any particular recommendations (not to mention, you can sometimes pick up plant materials, tools, etc. for pretty cheap if members are looking to get rid of stuff).

The one thing about "beginner sets" is that they tend to have really cheap tools and other implements.  I know expense can be an issue for some, but I usually prefer to buy higher quality tools that will stand the test of time rather than constantly replace poorly-made tools.
 

EgyptianBonsai

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Re: Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 05:43 PM »
Thanks for the advice. I'll see if there is a local club around Chicago. I'm sure there is, just have to look.

 I was looking at tools on that site. The good quality ones were way out of my price range. I'm not up for spending $200 - $500 on a nice set of tools. I'm sure they are good quality but $500 when you are starting out is a big commitment.
 

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Re: Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009, 06:49 PM »
Jack,

Plenty of clubs in Illinois.  Check out the ABS Bonsai Club Directory.  Look up Matt Ouwinga, too.
 

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Re: Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2009, 09:36 PM »
I couldn't open your link, but if it's tools you're looking for, start here.

keep it green,
Harry

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Re: Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2009, 05:12 PM »
Look at Home Depot or Lowes you can find enough to get you started and the warranty is  for the life of the tool. Then down the road if you want specialty tools you can by them a little at a time.
 

EgyptianBonsai

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Re: Getting Started with a Bonsai Starter kit
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2009, 05:27 PM »
Thanks for the advise everyone. I opted to buy a pre-bonsai ficus from a local nursery with a pair of shears and other odds and ends.

I find myself up late looking at my new plant wonder what I will do and then I realized I have no wire to wire the ficus with. This is a pretty small plant perhaps 4-6" and I'm not sure what size wire I should get. I was thinking of getting 3 sizes though it seems a bit overkill. Perhaps I only need the 1.0mm and not the 1.5mm and 2.0mm wires I was thinking of getting in addition.

-Jack